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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,401Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 42 out of 324

$588K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 71 out of 324

467 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Kansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 467 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 467 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 11,786 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Kansas
SIMVASTATIN 494 446 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 456 405 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 391 351 3 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 391 272 S3 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 347 312 5 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 346 327 6 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 263 257 7 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 263 246 7 16
LISINOPRIL 245 216 9 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 240 212 10 10
GABAPENTIN 224 210 11 13
METFORMIN HCL 209 166 12 9
BUMETANIDE 193 182 13 82
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 185 163 14 11
SERTRALINE HCL 177 165 15 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 176 163 16 26
CLONIDINE HCL 174 132 17 53
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 173 160 18 20
AZITHROMYCIN 169 146 19 48
GLYBURIDE 167 136 R 20 59
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 162 150 21 21
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 160 137 22 46
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 159 144 23 12
PREDNISONE 157 124 24 36
TRAMADOL HCL 157 135 24 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 156 147 26 15
TRAZODONE HCL 146 127 27 42
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 137 137 28 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 137 111 28 24
CARVEDILOL 136 124 30 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 124 124 31 25
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 112 93 32 49
ALLOPURINOL 109 109 33 27
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 94 34 35
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 101 90 R 35 66
NEXIUM 99 87 36 33
MELOXICAM 97 85 37 29
MIRTAZAPINE 95 90 38 41
SPIRONOLACTONE 86 80 39 47
NAMENDA 86 86 39 31
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 85 85 41 69
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 84 72 42 55
PROAIR HFA 83 69 43 50
ATENOLOL 80 66 44 18
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 75 45 44
FENTANYL 75 54 S2 46 64
KLOR-CON 10 75 75 46 189
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 70 56 48 32
RANITIDINE HCL 67 56 49 58
ZETIA 65 58 50 68
CLOPIDOGREL 63 59 51 38
SYNTHROID 63 63 51 30
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 62 62 53 54
LIDODERM 62 62 53 110
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 61 61 55 65
AMOXICILLIN 59 43 56 137
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 59 35 56 17
LIPITOR 58 58 58 109
NOVOLOG 58 58 58 60
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 58 48 58 78
LOVASTATIN 56 39 61 43
LEVOFLOXACIN 56 47 61 84
VERAPAMIL ER 55 46 63 127
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 54 54 64 88
DIOVAN 53 45 65 56
MEGESTROL ACETATE 52 42 R 66 207
PLAVIX 50 49 67 63
CRESTOR 50 33 67 28
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 50 39 R 67 51
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on April 30, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.